Focus: Infection Control

Suspected Legionnaires' disease in Buffalo hospital leads to water restrictions

October 24, 2017

A suspected Legionnaires' disease in a patient at Erie County Medical Center lead to water restrictions at the Buffalo, N.Y., hospital, according to an article on The Buffalo News website.

Testing found slightly elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in the hospital's water system.

The hospital tested for the bacterium in 12 locations at the medical center and found slightly elevated levels in three of them, leading officials to impose the restrictions on the use of tap water.

The healthcare facility also has been installing filters on faucets, shower heads and ice machines, as well as distributing bottled water throughout the facility. 

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